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Banksia blechnifolia (Ground Cover Banksia)

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Hedges. This article explains how to care for and maintain your Australian hedge.

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Top ten native plants. Native plant specialist Angus Stewart's top ten native Australian plants.

Plant description

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banksia blechnifolia is a small prostrate ground cover shrub with interesting serrated foliage and large interesting and attractive flower heads, close to the ground. It blooms in winter to spring, with woolly orange spikes that honey eating birds love. It has a colourful bonus of bright pink new foliage growth which is also very attractive. Native to Western Australia, it is a versatile plant that also does well in more humid climates such as Sydney, as long as it has a sandy or well drained soil. Use it as a feature shrub or as a pot plant for a large container. It is a very low maintenance shrub for sun or dappled shade.

Further reading: Growing Banksias (an article written by native plant expert Angus Stewart).

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: Orange
Flowering season: spring summer winter

Plant size

Maximum height: 0.5 metres
Minimum height: 0.2 metres

Maximum width: 4 metres
Minimum width: 2 metres

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: Birds.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: dry, well-drained.

Clay: dry, well-drained.

Sand: moist, well-drained.

Soil pH: 5.5-6.5

Diseases

root rot

Miscellaneous information

Native to: Australia.

Planting season: all year.

Types of fertiliser: low phosphorus.

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